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29 Dec 2004 description

The Government of Prime Minister Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago has pledged financial assistances to countries affected by the devastating Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean.

The announcement was made last night after a ministerial meeting which was also attended by representatives of the national disaster management agencies and Secretary General of CARICOM, Dr Edwin Carrington.

The specific amount of aid would be announced after next week's Cabinent meeting, he told member of the media at a news conference last night.

The Prime Minister also said that the Asian …

29 Oct 2004 description

REF: NR/2004/10/04/TA

Barbados, Oct 29, 2004 (CDERA) - The experiences and lessons learnt from Hurricane Ivan's impact on Grenada is being documented on video for regional dissemination.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has signed a contract with Warm Water Productions of Barbados to produce a 30-minute video documentary which is to be shared with the wider Caribbean public, regional disaster managers, as well as the regional and international donor community.

15 Oct 2004 description

By GIS, Grenada

St Georges, Oct 15, 2004 (GIS) - The Government of the Republic of China on Taiwan has given one million US dollars to the Grenada Government that would go towards rebuilding efforts, after the passage of hurricane Ivan on September 7, 2004.

Taiwanese Ambassador to Grenada His Excellency Allan Li-Shang Jiang, handed over the cheque to Prime Minister Dr. the Rt. Hon.

15 Oct 2004 description

In a show of solidarity with the people of the Caribbean, the Government of President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa has presented US$1 million in cash through the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) for recovery in affected member states.

High Commissioner to the Caribbean, Thanduyise Henry Chiliza, made the presentation to CDERA this morning in a ceremony attended by representatives of the Barbados and regional media.

"It is our belief, as stated by President Thabo Mbeki to Heads of State in the Caribbean, that "no words nor actions" could adequately …

30 Sep 2004 description

REF: TC-2004-000089-GRD/NR/2004/09/02/TA

Barbados, Sep 30, 2004 (CDERA) -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has announced the demobilisation of CDERAs Emergency Support Team and the Caribbean Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) in Grenada from October 1, 2004.

"We are now satisfied that the National Emergency Relief Organisation (NERO) is adequately resourced to continue with the emergency phase of the operation," said Coordinator Jeremy Collymore.

Within 24 hours of Hurricane Ivan devastation of the country on September 7, 2004, a CDERA Emergency Support …

29 Sep 2004 description

Bridgetown, Sep 29, 2004 (CDERA) - The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) is among ten regional and international agencies which have made an urgent appeal for US$27.6 million to support the start of reconstruction efforts in Grenada.

28 Sep 2004 description

Bridgetown, Sep 27, 2004 - The islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas have been declared disaster areas by Prime Minister the Right Honourable Perry G. Christie.

Both islands, in the northern Bahamas, sustained substantial damage from Hurricane Frances in August and Hurricane Jeanne last weekend.

The Government has appealed for regional and international assistance to provide immediate emergency relief to the residents of both islands and also for the reconstruction which is to follow.

28 Sep 2004 description

Efforts continue to improve food distribution system

The National Emergency Relief Organization NERO and representatives of the various Non-governmental Organizations are endeavouring to work together to improve the efficiency of the distribution of relief supplies across the country. Today representatives of the many groups - the church, groups, Red Cross, Rotary Club, met for more than ninety-minutes at NERO's headquarters to review their work and to look at ways in which they could work together.

27 Sep 2004 description


The Event: Hurricane Jeanne impacted the northwestern Bahamas including the Abacos, Andros Island, Berry Islands, Bimini, Eleuthera, Exuma, Grand Bahama Island and New Providence September 25 - 26, 2004. Storm surges, heavy rains and hurricane/storm force winds caused wind damage and flooding as Hurricane Jeanne moved across the Islands.

24 Sep 2004 description

United States provides more US$1 million in aid ... and promises substantially more

The United States Government has to date provided more than US$1 million in relief aid, personnel, equipment, and transportation to assist in the relief and restoration process in Grenada. US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, told Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell that a significant aid package is in the making for the Spice Island. He said the United States would also be sending a team of Army Engineers to help in the construction of homes on the island.

23 Sep 2004 description

REF: NC/GND-IVAN/2004/09/01/TA

Barbados, Sep 23, 2004 (CDERA) -- Responding to severe criticism in the regional press, Senator Brenda Hood of Grenada, who heads the emergency response effort flew to Barbados today to give a news conference and take questions from the media.

Her opening remarks were wide ranging and one of the first issues addressed was the burning question of people wanting to send personal shipments of food and relief supplies to relatives or friends in Grenada.

22 Sep 2004 description

Government offers condolences

On behalf of the Government of Grenada, Minister responsible for the National Emergency Relief Organization Senator Brenda Hood has has offered its condolences to the family of the victims. Minister Hood says the government will do all it can to assist the bereaved families. She was speaking as she released the names of 29 victims of Hurricane Ivan.

According to Minister Hood the youngest person among the fatalities was a three month old Alicia Beggs of Beaulieu, North East St. George and the oldest is William Peterkin of St.

21 Sep 2004 description

Jamaica's Prime Minister to visit

Jamaica's Prime Minister P.J Patterson arrives here tomorrow Wednesday. The Jamaican leader will tour much of the country to see for himself the vast destruction caused by Hurricane Ivan. Prime Minister Patterson will also meet with his Grenadian counterpart Dr. Keith Mitchell as well as Leader of the opposition, the Hon. Tillman Thomas. P.J. Patterson is the fourth CARICOM leader to visit Grenada since the passage of Hurricane Ivan. The others were Patrick Manning of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenny Anthony of St.

21 Sep 2004 description

Castries, Monday, September 13, 2004 - The Cabinet of Ministers has today September 13th, 2004, authorized a donation of US $100,000 in assistance from the Government and People of St. Lucia for disaster-struck Grenada.

Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony says the money, which was approved at today's Cabinet Meeting, will be used "to purchase building materials and other supplies to assist the people of Grenada in their efforts to rebuild and rehabilitate their homes."

20 Sep 2004 description

Curfew lifted in five parishes

Government has announced the lifting of the curfew in the following parishes - St. David, St. John, St. Mark, St. Patrick and Carriacou and Petite Martinique with immediate effect. However, the 6.00 pm to 6.00 am curfew remains in effect for the parishes of St. George and St. Andrew. Government instituted a curfew following the passage of Hurricane Ivan on September 7 which was followed by looting. The Government is urging the residents of St. George and St.

20 Sep 2004 description

Fellow Grenadians, one week ago we all woke up to a scene of unimaginable desolation and fear.

19 Sep 2004 description

Day of worship and thanksgiving

Thousands of Grenadians attended Church Service on Sunday in make-shift buildings as a result of the destruction done to several places of worship by Hurricane Ivan. His Lordship, Bishop Vincent Darius, used a make shift Chapel in a down town lumber store, L.A Purcell to celebrate Sunday Mass. It was the first time in many years the Cathedral was not used on a Sunday morning for the traditional mass. Hurricane Ivan tore down the roof of the Roman Catholic Cathedral. Cannon Leopole Friday of the Anglican Church stayed in the lone section of his St.

17 Sep 2004 description

Barbados, Sep 17, 2004 (CDERA) -- The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has issued a preliminary needs list to guide relief assistance. Preliminary assessments seem to indicate that the damage is not as severe and immediate concerns relate to public health, vector control and providing relief to victims. Mr.

16 Sep 2004 description


Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Gemma Bain-Thomas, said that services at the General Hospital are being stabilized. The Senior Government Official noted that more and more nurses are returning to work, thus staffing the various wards. The Health official said that, doctors were operating at the district and hospital levels and that surveillance and daily services are being provided at shelters and medical stations around the island. However the St. David's and St.

16 Sep 2004 description

Jamaica assessing damage

Barbados, Sep 16, 2004 (CDERA) - Damage assessment teams have been deployed throughout the country to assess the impact of Hurricane Ivan. House to house assessment is being conducted by Interagency teams to ascertain the extent of damage and level of assistance that will be required. Registration Centres have also been opened island wide for victims to register. Jamaica was battered by Hurricane Ivan as it passed South of the Island, September 10-12.